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  • Iberia Parish Residents Fighting to 'Save the Library' Play Video

    August 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Residents in Iberia Parish are fighting to make sure money isn't cut from the library's budget. The Iberia Parish council will vote to introduce a proposition diverting funds from the library's current budget to fund the levee district. The levee tax failed earlier this year. Now, one council... more »
  • Family Fighting Jindal's Veto Play Video

    June 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Governor Jindal is coming under fire after vetoing four million dollars from next year's budget that would have expanded a program for the developmentally disabled. Jindal says the state can't afford to expand the new opportunity waiver, or "NOW." The program provides residential support, community integration and development as... more »
  • Court cuts Corps back out of 17th St Canal lawsuit

    April 29, 2013 8:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court ruling has added a new twist to a complicated legal property rights case along a canal that was breached during Hurricane Katrina, contributing to the floods over most of New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has knocked the Army... more »
  • Violence Shelters Bracing for Cuts

    January 7, 2013 6:21 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal is coming under fire for cutting the budgets of battered women's shelters. Funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by nearly one-million-dollars--that's a 16-percent reduction. The goal is to try and close a 166-million dollar mid-year budget deficit. The Jindal administration says the... more »
  • German experts lower growth forecast, urge cuts

    November 7, 2012 6:37 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - The German government's independent economic advisors are lowering their growth forecast for next year and urging the government to reduce spending. The experts said Wednesday the economy will grow by only 0.8 percent next year as the European debt crisis weighs on the outlook of the bloc's... more »
  • New Iberia Budget Cuts: Layoffs and Reduced Benefits for City Employees

    October 30, 2012 11:17 PM

    The City of New Iberia will lay off nine city workers because of budget cuts. In all they've reduced the 2013 budget by six million dollars and the council approved the budget Tuesday night in a four to three vote. "Y'all laying off other people when what we should... more »
  • Budget Cuts Threaten Jobs, Services and Resident Program at UMC

    October 5, 2012 12:06 AM

    Patients and doctors alike are worried about the future of Lafayette's University Medical Center, after another round of drastic budget cuts. "We are saddened, we are dismayed, we are worried," said Chief Resident of Internal Medicine Leah Potter. "For people with no insurance, we don't really have anywhere... more »
  • Deeper LSU hospital cuts being discussed

    October 4, 2012 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU System governing board is considering whether to make deeper budget cuts to the university's 10-hospital system that cares for the poor and uninsured, as a way to prepare for future drops in funding. The Board of Supervisors meets Thursday to talk about the... more »
  • New plan for LSU health cuts could come next week

    September 25, 2012 6:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The new chief of the LSU health care system says he's hoping to detail plans for new and reworked cuts across the public hospitals to the university's governing board next week. Frank Opelka, LSU's executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, is... more »
  • LCG Budget Approved; But Not Without a Few Cuts, Confusion and Changes

    September 13, 2012 11:33 PM

    There were some cuts, some confusion and a few changes, but Lafayette City-Parish Government managed to pass a $581 million budget for next year. The council eliminated 84 city-parish jobs from the budget. However, those positions were vacant so no employees had to be laid off. Also, funding for non-profit... more »
  • LSU Hospitals Facing Cuts, UMC Fared Better Than Expected

    July 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Cuts to LSU hospitals around the state starting today. LSU health officials laid out a plan friday to cut $50 million from public hospitals and clinics. Cutting back in areas like faculty recruitment for training, doctors taking less money, and delaying equipment purchases. This after state lawmakers stripped $329 million... more »
  • LSU Health System Hit Hard by Medicaid Cuts

    July 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    The LSU Health System has a number, but no plan, on how to strip $329 million from the hospital system. The cuts total $523 million for the state's health care system, handed down by Governor Bobby Jindal's administration last week. Of that, two-thirds falls on the LSU Healthcare System. ... more »
  • $859M in La. health care cuts expected Friday

    July 13, 2012 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care providers and patients who rely on Louisiana's Medicaid program are expected to learn today how the Jindal administration plans to slash $859 million in the program that takes care of the poor, elderly and disabled. The cut is tied to a congressional reduction... more »
  • Livingston school board cuts sick leave

    June 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted to eliminate extended sick leave for all employees for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Superintendent Bill Spear told the board Thursday night the move will save the district approximately $1 million. Under state Act No. 405,... more »
  • State Budget Cuts Could Slash Early Childhood Programs

    May 15, 2012 11:27 PM

    State budget cuts could slash children's health services provided by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). This week the Senate Finance Committee will consider a $100 million budget cut to DHH that was approved by the House last week. Those cuts actually amount to some $350 million because... more »
  • School cuts approved by Tangipahoa board

    April 18, 2012 7:27 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved the continuation of a package of one-year cuts that should save the system $2 million during 2012-13. The Advocate reports the cuts include suspending professional leaves, most medical leaves and not awarding annual pay increases known as step raises.... more »
  • School panel votes to renew teacher cuts

    April 4, 2012 10:39 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board Finance Committee has voted to renew for the 2012-13 fiscal year cuts to teacher benefits set to expire June 30. Tuesday's vote means that school system administrators can include the cuts in projections for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July... more »
  • LSU officials: Jindal budget means hospital cuts

    March 28, 2012 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Leaders of LSU's public hospital system said Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget overestimates revenue for its hospitals and clinic network next year and that the system would have to impose cuts to close a multi-million dollar funding gap. University hospital officials told the House... more »
  • Budget cuts would eliminate Belle Chasse squadron

    February 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - The Navy has proposed decommissioning a squadron at the air station in Belle Chasse as part of its plans to meet President Barack Obama's budget cut orders. The Times-Picayune reports that would eliminate the only naval aviation unit dedicated to fighting drug smugglers. Under the... more »
  • Jindal Administration, LSU Spar Over Cuts

    February 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    LSU calls the $34 million slashed from its public hospitals for the uninsured a consequence of Gov. Bobby Jindal's midyear budget cuts. Jindal administration leaders call the deep reductions the result of shoddy management and overspending by LSU. The chemical detox unit and psychiatric beds in New Orleans, pediatric care... more »
  • UMC Making Cuts and Closures, Worries About Next Year

    February 6, 2012 10:12 PM

    As University Medical Center plans to make $4 million in cuts, by closing clinics and laying off possibly 80 employees, hospital officials worry what the next fiscal year could bring. Labor and Delivery will be closing its doors, along with Inpatient Pediatrics, Kidmed and the Detox unit. Others, like... more »
  • Del. Guard chief sees minimal cuts to Air Guard

    February 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - When Air Force officials cut almost 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, the Delaware Air National Guard should fare better than other units around the country, according to the state's Guard chief. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala... more »
  • Fleming: Cuts proposed for Barksdale fleet

    February 4, 2012 1:58 PM

    U.S. Rep. John Fleming is urging the Obama administration to not cut the fleet of A-10C war planes stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Fleming says that under the proposed 2013 military budget, 24 A-10C planes are slated to be cut from the Air Force Reserve's 917th Fighter Group based... more »
  • UMC Fares Better in Statewide Cuts, But Still Facing Closures

    February 3, 2012 9:52 PM

    The LSU Health System Board of Directors made drastic statewide cuts Friday afternoon. Thousands of patients will be affected and over six hundred jobs lost in LSU hospitals. While Lafayette's University Medical Center seemed to weather this storm better than other hospitals, there are still tough times ahead. "These... more »
  • More UMC Employees Likely to Be Laid Off With Budget Cuts

    January 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    UMC Administrators met with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital Officials in Carencro Monday to talk about hospital budget cuts. A deficit is slashing nearly 4 million from the hospital's budget. One hundred and six UMC employees who will likely be laid off. However, the plan keeps changing as lawmakers... more »
  • Lawmakers Working on Plan for UMC Cuts

    January 25, 2012 7:19 PM

    The deadline for a plan to make major cuts at Lafayette's University Medical Center is next week. The governor's office must present a plan to UMC's board of supervisors by Friday, February 3rd. The hospital is facing a $3.4 million budget shortfall and is looking at cutting around 80 jobs.... more »
  • Major Construction Taking Place at UL

    January 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday. This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway. Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened.... more »
  • UL CUTS

    January 9, 2012 7:45 PM

    To tackle the state's deficit across Louisiana, higher education was hit with a $50-million cut which directly affects UL with a $3.3-million cut back. Starting with a $1-million cut from external research centers in manufacturing, the LITE center and the Picard Center for Child Development. Jerry Leblanc, the VP of... more »
  • Dairy Cuts Pay to Offset Costs

    October 15, 2011 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Kleinpeter Farms Dairy has announced that its 215 employees will take a 2.5 percent pay cut. Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms, tells the Advocate (http://bit.ly/rkBEKb) that he hopes the pay cut will only last three to four mouths. Kleinpeter, who's also taking a salary... more »
  • UL faculty say cuts/layoffs not fair to professors

    July 11, 2011 11:47 PM

    An entire doctoral program and two tenured professors are being phased out at UL, but some faculty members don't think the cuts are fair. UL's Cognitive Sciences program is the only PhD program of its kind in Louisiana, but it won't be around by May 2013. The University claims... more »
  • Crowley Community Protests City Job Cuts

    July 7, 2011 11:57 PM

    A slew of positions are on the chopping block for the City of Crowley, but those budget cuts won't be made without a fight from the community. Dozens of community members showed up at Thursday Finance Committee meeting to show their support for city workers, especially at the fire and... more »
  • St. Martin Parish School Board Cuts

    April 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    The St. Martin Parish School Board is avoiding a financial crisis by making cuts to their staff. It's a move that is actually getting praise from teachers. "We were pleased with the results," said Latonia Cretian, a teacher at Teche Elementary and president of the St. Martin Federation of... more »
  • Proposed Federal Cuts could gouge Louisiana

    March 3, 2011 11:37 PM

    Congress is proposing billions of dollars in cuts to just about every facet of government spending, but the LSU AgCenter argues some of those cuts could cripple local industries like farming. So, the question is, where to cut back? And by how much? Blair Hebert is one of many... more »
  • Medicare Cuts, Less In-Home Care

    February 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Almost 100 home healthcare administrators are now without a job. This, after Louisiana Healthcare Group, or "LHC" in Lafayette if forced to make cuts. And, cutbacks in Medicare are the reason. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services imposed a 5% reimbursement cut on all medicare home health services. The 80... more »
  • Sen. Rand Paul Wants Deep Cuts in Foreign Aid

    January 28, 2011 12:16 PM

    Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul is calling for deep cuts in foreign aid, including eliminating U.S. money for Israel, a plan that has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans. The tea party-backed Paul unveiled a budget proposal this week that would slash overall government spending by $500 billion, saying... more »
  • Latest Medicaid shortfall won't prompt cuts

    January 3, 2011 8:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state health department will reshuffle dollars within its budget to fill a $19 million shortfall that has emerged in the state's Medicaid program, without making new budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday. Also, the Department of Health and Hospitals plans to reverse cuts... more »
  • LSU to Provide Details on Budget Cuts by January

    December 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU campuses have been ordered to provide details in January on which specific academic programs and other offerings would be cut if colleges lose another 10 percent of their state funds. Campus leaders have resisted offering too many specifics for fear such detailed information might... more »
  • House Democrats reject tax plan without changes

    December 9, 2010 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed. By voice vote in a closed caucus meeting, Democrats passed a resolution saying the tax package should... more »
  • Jindal orders $107M in cuts to rebalance budget

    October 22, 2010 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said higher education, health care and social services will take the largest cuts Friday when he orders reductions to rebalance the budget and close a $107 million deficit. The executive order, expected later Friday, comes after the Joint Legislative Committee on the... more »
  • DHH Announces Budget Cuts

    October 22, 2010 4:16 PM

    From DHH: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein today announced mid-year reductions in department spending of state general funds, and proposed utilization of other means of financing, in order to save $20.8 million in fiscal year 2010-2011. DHH's savings are part of an overall mid-year reduction... more »
  • More Cuts Looming for LSU

    October 21, 2010 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More cuts are coming at LSU. The university announced Wednesday it plans to cut dollars from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and transfer funding of the Cox Academic Center for Student Athletes from the university to the athletic department. The budget axing is in... more »
  • Higher Education Budget Cuts

    October 18, 2010 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the state Senate's education committee said Monday he supports temporary tax increases or delays in tax breaks to stop budget cuts to public colleges and other educational programs. Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he favors a reversal of tax breaks for... more »
  • A Mock Jazz funeral at LSU for Budget cuts

    October 8, 2010 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Wearing black and holding signs such as, "Goodbye LSU hello Louisiana State Community College," several hundred students, faculty and staff led a funeral march for education. Billed as a jazz funeral, Thursday's event came one day after higher education officials learned that colleges' share of... more »
  • Students Rally Today Against Budget Cuts

    October 7, 2010 4:34 PM

    Several dozen UL students and professors gathered in the quad to rally against state budget cuts. Student carried hand made signs, one read, "some cuts don't heal." The group Link for Literacy organized the event. They say, since 2008, higher education has been slashed by 45%, with an additional 35%... more »
  • UL Students to Rally Against More Budget Cuts

    October 6, 2010 6:16 PM

    The threat of more state budget cuts to higher education has moved one group of Louisiana-Lafayette students, tired of rising tuition rates, to rally against cuts this week. Links for Literacy is organizing a rally in the quad Thursday from 11:00am - 4:00pm. They hope to raise awareness of budget... more »
  • ULL Student Group to Protest Planned budget Cuts

    October 5, 2010 9:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The threat of more state budget cuts to higher education has moved one group of Louisiana-Lafayette students, tired of rising tuition rates, to rally against cuts this week. Links for Literacy hopes to raise awareness of budget cuts and the possibility of new ones this winter.... more »
  • Senators Say They Know Little Information on Where Deep Budget Cuts Will Fall

    October 1, 2010 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators say they've gotten too little information from the Jindal administration about where deep budget cuts should fall in the upcoming year. They're also saying the cost savings and consolidations talked about by Jindal administration leaders won't be enough to deal with the $1.6 billion... more »
  • Suit Filed Against DHH For Budget Cuts That Could Send Thousands To Nursing Homes

    September 24, 2010 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, saying that more than 11,000 state residents could be placed in institutions because of cutbacks in home care services. The New Orleans-based Advocacy Center filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Tax Cuts Could Affect Louisiana

    September 20, 2010 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If Congress allows any of the Bush-era tax cuts to expire, Louisiana's state coffers will take a hit. That's because Louisiana's tax code is tied to the federal tax laws. Louisiana lets its taxpayers deduct the amount of federal taxes paid from their state liability.... more »
  • Analysis: Protests Won't Stop College Budget Cuts

    September 6, 2010 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A group of University of New Orleans students has reminded state lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal just how nasty and angry the next round of budget cuts will be, getting into a tussle with police as part of a protest about the deep reductions... more »
  • Protests Won't Stop College Budget Cuts

    September 3, 2010 9:17 AM

    A group of University of New Orleans students has reminded state lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal just how nasty and angry the next round of budget cuts will be, getting into a tussle with police as part of a protest about the deep reductions on the horizon. But those students... more »
  • Cuts Looming For Vermilion Parish Schools

    July 13, 2010 7:18 PM

    Gueydan families are fired up about the fate of the community's only high school. "This is the heart of our community," said parent Jodie Mayer. It's among two schools potentially on the chopping block as school leaders search for an extra $1.6 million to cover a state mandated increase in... more »
  • BP Cuts Pipe, Plans to Lower Cap Over Gulf Spill

    June 3, 2010 10:58 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - BP used giant shears to slice off a pipe Thursday in the company's latest bid to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil, but the cut was irregular and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more challenging, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said. BP... more »
  • Gonzales Council Cuts Pay Raises

    May 25, 2010 9:12 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Gonzales City Council has approved a measure to reduce the rate at which annual merit raises are given to city employees. The ordinance, approved Monday, brings city regulations governing pay raises in line with changes laid out in the 2011 budget. The change reduced the... more »
  • WBR Board Approves $1.8 Million in Cuts

    May 20, 2010 10:38 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved $1.8 million in cuts aimed at helping offset an expected budget shortfall during the 2011 fiscal year. Superintendent David Corona tells The Advocate that 17 teacher positions and five paraprofessional jobs will be eliminated through attrition.... more »
  • Safe & Drug Free Schools Program: Funding Cut

    May 19, 2010 6:37 PM

    Another educational program feels the blow of budget cuts. The State's "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Program will not receive federal funding for the upcoming school year. The program has been implemented in Lafayette Parish for over 30 years. Supervisor of the Lafayette Parish program, Maxine Hamilton, says parents... more »
  • State Budget Cuts Threaten Anti-Truancy Program

    April 20, 2010 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State budget cuts threaten an anti-truancy program in Baton Rouge, the district attorney there says. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday that the yearlong effort between his office and the East Baton Rouge Parish school system appears to be working. The campaign has included... more »
  • Legislative Session Begins

    March 29, 2010 7:54 PM

    State lawmakers will be spending lots of time in Baton Rouge over the next few months. Louisiana's Regular Session got underway Monday and with budget cuts happening all over the place, it's now a matter of getting business done with less money. Governor Jindal says the financial troubles present an... more »
  • Mid-year Budget Cuts Are On The Horizon For UL Lafayette

    January 8, 2010 4:25 PM

    $21.2 Million Mid-Year Cut to Impact Courses and Personnel in the UL System BATON ROUGE - Terminations, decreased class offerings, and reductions in operating budgets for athletics, libraries and student support programs are some of the ways the eight universities in the University of Louisiana System are absorbing a $21.2... more »
  • Budget Cuts At The Department of Natural Resources

    December 23, 2009 4:46 PM

    Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle has announced that the department will be cutting more than $375,000 in previously budgeted spending to support mid-year, across-the-board budget reductions to all agencies. To achieve those savings, Angelle is implementing a hiring freeze on four budgeted positions within the Office... more »
  • Budget Woes in Vermilion Parish

    November 23, 2009 6:48 PM

    The Vermilion Parish Police Jury will have to take big swings with an axe to fix their 2010 budget. As of right now they are over a little more than one million dollars, which is a huge improvement from the 2.8 million overage they started with. The good news... more »
  • LDOE to eliminate 50+ positions over next six months

    October 19, 2009 2:30 PM

    As Louisiana faces a potential budget deficit of $2 billion, leaders at the Louisiana Department o f Education (LDOE) say they are working to identify potential reductions in the agency's budget - not only for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, but as they begin the process of planning for the 2010-2011... more »

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